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Virginia Governor Tim Kaine visits campus

June 16, 2008 : Teresa Dunham

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is calling his chances of becoming presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama’s democratic running mate a “very, very long shot.”

Kaine visited Liberty University on Monday to address more than 800 rising high school seniors at the 66th annual American Legion Boys State of Virginia. The program, which teaches young men about state and local government, included a question-and-answer session that touched on the current presidential campaign.

“I have been fortunate to have been on some [media] lists that mention ... potential vice-presidential candidates for Senator Obama,” Kaine told the students.

Kaine was an early endorser for Obama—perhaps one of the reasons he’s making it onto the lists—but the governor said he didn’t support Obama for personal gain. Media attention isn’t enough to raise Kaine’s hopes yet.

“I’ve always felt like it’s nice to be mentioned, but not likely to happen. I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about it,” said Kaine, adding that he’s not actively seeking the position.

But what if he did get the opportunity?

“I think it would be hard for anybody to say no to something like that, but I’m sure not expecting it to happen,” Kaine said.

The governor said he doesn’t know if Obama’s office is making any serious inquiries about his background at this time.

“I talk to [Obama’s office] all the time about campaign strategy… but I don’t really have a sense of what they’re doing on the VP side,” he said.

Liberty University has hosted the American Legion Boys State of Virginia for 19 years. This year's event, slated for June 15 to 21, is expected to draw more dignitaries to the LU campus, including Virginia's Lieutenant Governor William Bolling and Attorney General Robert McDonnell. For more information, visit www.vaboysstate.org.